The purpose of a regional society, or affiliate local societies, is to share as a group, mutual pleasure and interest in the Iris; to promote the culture and further improvement of the plant; and to further the public interest and an appreciation for Iris. There are five local iris clubs in New Mexico. These local clubs provide numerous iris related activities throughout the year. Click on the menus at the top to learn more about our local clubs.

• Continual educational opportunities
• Annual spring shows, (and sometimes a fall show)
• Annual iris rhizome sales
• Trading and sharing rhizomes
• Special speaking engagement featuring renowned iris experts
• Pot luck dinners, awards dinners
• Camaraderie among fellow iris enthusiasts, add up to fun and friendship

Region 23 consists of all 5 clubs in NM

The AIS Region 23 Convention will be held at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Albuquerque on Saturday August 23, 2014 and Sunday August 24, 2014.


 This should be an excellent convention with Aril hybridizer Pete McGrath speaking on Saturday afternoon and Riley Probst, the President of the Reblooming Iris Society and hybridizer giving a program Saturday night on rebloomers.  Riley will also give a three hour judges training class on rebloomers Sunday morning.  There will be the usual collection of silent and live auction items that you surely wont want to miss.

Albuquerque Aril and Iris Society has also arranged an excellent rate at the Convention Hotel.  For registration form, click on:
Ramada Hotel and Conference Center
10300 Hotel Avenue NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Preliminary Program
August 23 (Saturday)
11:30-noon Registration
12:00-1:00 p.m. Light lunch (and late registration)
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. General Meeting
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Speaker Peter McGrath, Aril Hybridizer, on Arils and Arilbreds
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Break
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Social Hour (beer and wine provided)
6:30 – 10:00 p.m. Banquet, Auction, Raffles
Speaker: Riley Probst, President of the Reblooming Iris Society, on Rebloomers
September 29 (Sunday
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and socializing – coffee/rolls
9:00 – Noon Judges Training – Tall Bearded Iris (with emphasis on rebloomers)
Instructor – Riley Probst
CONVENTION SITE: Ramada Hotel and Conference Center
CONVENTION QUESTIONS: Contact Helen Crotty at 505-281-2136 or jhcrotty947 [at] gmail [dot] com
The Ramada Hotel and Conference Center is located just north of Interstate 40. Take Eubank Boulevard (Exit
165) north about 1.5 blocks to Hotel Avenue. The Ramada is on your right, just behind the Owl Café.
For photos of the 2012 Regional Convention go to the following link

Queen of Show "That's All Folks" by Patricia Randall

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That's All Folks iris - Best of Show
20122 Best of Show


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EVIS 2012 Show Winner
QUEEN 'That's All Folks' grown by Patricia Randall

EVIS Show 2012

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Queen of Show - That's All Folks by Patricia Randall

AIS Benefits Presentation by Jim and Jean Morris

This presentation given by Jim and Jean Morris discussed the benefits of joining the American Iris Society.  The AIS provides access to forums discussing hybridizing, pest management, soil improvements etc.  The AIS encylocpedia has 60000+ entries into its database.  Also, youth membership is encouraged.

Integrated Pest Managment by Patrick Torres, Santa Fe County Extension Agent

Patrick Torres presented this presentation at the 2013 AIS region 23 convention in Santa Fe, NM.  The presentation discusses how to recognize a pest problem whether it be virus, bacteria, weeds or insects.  Several type of pests are discussed including how to indentify the vector and how mitigate the problem.

Novelty Bearded Irises and Space Age Irises

Thanks to Bonnie Nichols for this presentation on novelty bearded irises and space age irises.  This is judges training presented to the Region 23 convention.    However, don't let the fact that this is judges training prevent you from viewing this fascinating slideshow of broken color, flatties, space-agers and unusual bearded irises.  The presentation starts with views of the broken color pattern in other types of flowers and then quickly goes into the history of novelty and space-ager irises throughout the years.  Enjoy

How to Look at Historic Irises

Thankyou to Gisine for this great presentation on historic irises.  You can look at this presentation and see what irises looked like in the early part of the twentieth century.  Just because the irises are old, doesn't mean that they are not highly desirable.  View these irises and then view the more modern irises and see the work of hybridizers

For additional pictures of historic irises go to



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